Bruges (Belgium) has approximately 118,000 inhabitants of which, 25,000 of them are 65 years or older. The number of people living with dementia is estimated at 2,600, with 70% of them living at home.
Founded in 1995, Foton is a centre of expertise in dementia. It is an initiative that was started by Familiezorg West-Vlaanderen, an autonomous and integrated non-profit homecare organisation in West Flanders, offering specialised care and support at home for people living with dementia.
Care and support is provided by home health care workers who receive a four-day dementia training course. Foton also trains volunteers, dementia counsellors, as well as nurses and occupational therapists who provide specialised dementia services. The umbrella organisation Familiezorg (Family care at home) consists of 2,200 people (including 500 volunteers) that are devoted to providing personalised and specialised care and support to 10,000 people who are either directly or indirectly touched by dementia.
The vision, mission and values of Foton is captured in our name.
A foton (Photon from Greek meaning light) is a little light-particle, almost invisible to the eye and the vision for the Foton service is to bring light to the people’s lives and most importantly, find the lights present in all people and situations and find ways to connect them together.